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First Tuesdays (FLC)

The First Tuesdays Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Program is from 2:00-3:00 pm each month at a Location TBA. If you have participated in Professional Development outside of the college we ask you to share your knowledge with us. Please schedule your First Tuesday event as soon as possible. Thank you.

  • Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011: First Tuesday FLC (Gary Andrews)/LB 20
    Recognizing Substance Abuse in the Classroom
  • Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011: First Tuesday FLC (Michelle Mitchell and Linda Kelly)/LB 20
    "ADA Compliance in the Classroom"
  • Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011: First Tuesday FLC (Lori Madiara)/LB 120
    Protecting Our Bones: Prevention and Maintaining Ourselves Against Osteoporosis.
  • Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012: First Tuesday FLC (Jeffrey Herman and Paul Pontoski)/LB 20
    Common Mental Health Issues and De-Escalation Techniques

Teaching Tips - Math, Science and Everyone Else

The MAA - Mathematical Association of America - offers some innovative time-saving suggestions that apply to all areas of academia.  Check out their website for some great ideas, including: 

Using Preview Problems to Get Ahead of the Syllabus

The Exam Practically Wrote Itself!

The Study Challenge

and more!


Problem-Based/Case-Based Learning

What Is Problem-Based Learning?


"Why do I have to take this course?" and "when will I ever need to know this material?" are common questions students ask.  The more insights we bring from the field, the more students will be able to relate critical thinking to their lives, or so goes the rationale for Problem-Based/Case-Based Learning. 

The above website is a useful introduction to implementing this teaching style across a wide spectrum of curriculae.


What Is Fair Use?

What is Fair Use?

A Guide for Teachers and Students

Columbia University Libraries offers an online guide to Fair Use and Copyright.

Definitions, resources, a checklist, and more!


National Education Association Best Practices

A website with links to useful articles on diversity, deep learning, international students and more.

TLC Tech Resources

In addition to books, the TLC has technology resources available for all faculty (full- and part-time) to check out for professional use for short periods of time.  If you know in advance that you will need to use these on particular dates, you may email or phone ahead to reserve.  These must be checked out of and returned to the TLC.

Two laptops. 


Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

Links to Explore


FERPA and Social Media

FERPA and Social Media

By: John Orlando, PhD in Teaching with Technology

FERPA is one of the most misunderstood regulations in education. It is commonly assumed that FERPA requires all student coursework to be kept private at all times, and thus prevents the use of social media in the classroom, but this is wrong. FERPA does not prevent instructors from assigning students to create public content as part of their course requirements. If it did, then video documentaries produced in a communications class and shown on TV or the Web, or public art shows of student work from an art class, would be illegal. As one higher education lawyer put it:

“FERPA cannot be interpreted as building a total and complete wall between the school and the community. We would have really bad schools if that happened and very disengaged students. This is a good example of where the lawyers can’t get in the way of the learning. Podcasting is a fabulous learning tool. Digital storytelling, amazing. I love Voicethread, as do thousands of educators around the country. Sharing is an important part of learning and the ability to share has increased exponentially in the past couple decades. Some students right here in Kentucky are sharing with students in Brazil every day, for instance. FERPA cannot be extended to prohibit all of this sharing.” (Bathon, 2009)

FERPA was never intended to place students into the box of a physical or online classroom to prevent them from learning from the public. Rather, FERPA requires schools to maintain control over certain student records (Fryer, 2009). These records include medical information, social security numbers, and grades.

Some people think that students cannot release any personally identifiable student information, but this is also not true. There is a large category of personally identifiable student information that can be released as “directory information.” Moreover, colleges routinely post photos of sporting events, club activities, or lectures that contain personally identifiable images of students.

FERPA and Social Media
FERPA applies only to information in the possession of the institution. This is an important point if instructors require students to post to a blog, social networking site, or any other site not affiliated with the institution. In this case, “the activity may not be FERPA-protected because it has not been received and therefore is not in the custody of the university, at least until the student submission is copied or possibly just reviewed by the faculty member.” (NC State FERPA Guidelines)

Policy Suggestions
While it’s important to check with your own institution regarding FERPA policy guidelines, here are some policy suggestions culled from a variety of university sites for instructors who want to incorporate social media into their classrooms:

  • When students are assigned to post information to public social media platforms outside of the university LMS, they should be informed that their material may be viewed by others.
  • Students should not be required to release personal information on a public site.
  • Instructor comments or grades on student material should not be made public. (Interestingly, grades given by other students on “peer-graded” work can be made public under FERPA). (ACE, 2008)
  • While not clearly required by law, students under the age of 18 should get their parent’s consent to post public work.

FERPA does not forbid instructors from using social media in the classroom, but common sense guidelines should be used to ensure the protection of students.

American Council on Education, Letter on FERPA, May 8, 2008.

Justin Bathon, Controversial New FERPA Rules take Effect Next Week, EdJurist, December 30, 2008, (

Justin Bathon, Keeping the Definition of Biometric Records Under Control, EdJurist, October 8, 2009, (

Fryer, Unmasking the Digital Divide, (

NC State University FERPA Guidelines, (

Norwich University FERPA Guidelines, (

SMART Board and Clicker Software

Download the software for creating clicker presentations from TurningPoint here.

Download the software for preparing SMART board presentations here.

Tablet PC PowerToys


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